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Before Attending Local Bicycling Events, Brush up on Safety Tips

Posted on in Personal Injury

CA injury lawyerThe summer months provide the perfect opportunity for cyclists to hit the road in the Bay area. Warmer weather and plenty of local and statewide events draw enthusiasts from all over. Unfortunately, while there is a large bicycle community locally, there are also a significant number of bike accidents which occur each year that result in serious and potentially life-threatening personal injuries. Before you take to the roads or local trails, take a few minutes to brush up on some simple bike safety tips.

Bicycling in the Bay Area

Residents of the Bay area use bicycles as a means of keeping fit, for transportation purposes, and as a healthy form of recreation. For cycling enthusiasts who enjoy challenging themselves or simply getting together with others, there are numerous events scheduled throughout the summer months. RacePlace provides detailed listings and links to activities throughout the state. Locally, these include:

  • Bike the Bridge
  • Cycle For Life
  • The Annual Bike The Coast

In addition to these activities, there are numerous parks with bike trails to ride on, such as the Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, the Lower Guadalupe River Trail, and the busy tangle of bike paths in and around the Golden Gate Bridge. The Silicon Valley Bicycle Collision often turns up for these events, but they encourage members to play it safe and to be aware of the dangers all cyclists face. They report that as many as 700 bicyclists are killed each year in accidents throughout Santa Clara County.

Safety Tips to Prevent Bicycle Accidents

The League of American Bicyclists offers a variety of suggestions for smart cycling. One of the most important is to make sure your bike is properly maintained. Before any trip, they advise checking your tires for air, making sure brake systems are working correctly, and checking cranks and chains are lubricated and attached securely. Once you are on the road, additional tips to follow include:

  • Always ride on the right side of the road
  • Make eye contact with vehicles nearby, to ensure they see you
  • Yield to traffic both in busy lanes and when crossing streets toward your destination
  • Learn how to signal properly before making turns
  • Be familiar with bike laws and how they apply in your situation
  • Be extra cautious on gravel roads
  • Stay off unmarked or otherwise dangerous trails

Another key way to protect yourself is by wearing the appropriate bike gear. This includes a certified safety helmet, gloves for better gripping, closed toed shoes, and long sleeves and pants to protect against road burns in the event of a spill.

Reach Out to Our San Jose Attorneys Today for Help

When bicycle accidents happen, the Jachimowicz Law Group acts as a strong advocate on your side. Get in touch with us to discuss your rights in seeking compensation. Call us at 408-246-5500 or contact our experienced San Jose bicycle accident injury attorneys online and request a free consultation today.

 

Sources:

https://bikesiliconvalley.org/vision-zero/

https://www.bikeleague.org/content/smart-cycling-tips-0

https://www.raceplace.com/city/bay-area-california/cycling

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